Brenau Joins National Business Honor Society

ill Lightfoot is the dean of the College of Business & Mass Communication at Brenau.

Dean of the College of Business & Mass Communication Bill Lightfoot.

 The Delta Mu Delta business honor society tapped Brenau University to host the newest chapter of the 100-year-old organization.

The Brookfield, Ill.-based society, which operates on 240 campuses worldwide, recognizes academic excellence in baccalaureate, master’s, and doctorate degree business administration programs. Delta Mu Delta selects students in the top 20 percent of their classes for lifetime membership. Currently more than 160,000 DMD members reside in 175 countries.

“Becoming a chapter in Delta Mu Delta is a very significant achievement,” said Bill Lightfoot, dean of the College of Business & Mass Communication at Brenau. “It is further testimony to our students, alumni and the business community that our programs produce high-quality graduates.”

Brenau qualified to apply for a DMD chapter when it won Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs accreditation in 2012. Delta Mu Delta chapters operate primarily at colleges and universities with ACBSP-accredited undergraduate and graduate business programs as part of a 1992 exclusivity arrangement between the two organizations. Only three other Georgia institutions have Delta Mu Delta chapters.

Delta Mu Delta officially marks its 100th anniversary on Nov. 8 – the date the dean of the Harvard Business School and four professors from Princeton and New York University signed the organization charter.

Lightfoot said the Brenau chapter will recognize new members following its local organization this spring.

Delta Mu Delta Honor Society.

Delta Mu Delta Honor Society.

“I think it’s great that Brenau University gets to start the 303 chapter in Delta Mu Delta’s centenary year,” said Lightfoot. “We are delighted to be a part of that important milestone, and I think it will be a source of pride for the new Brenau members that will affiliate with the organization this year.  

Although local chapters may impose more stringent guidelines, undergraduates must post a cumulative grade point overage of .25 percent above a “B” average – which at Brenau is a 3.25 GPA. Graduate- and doctoral-level students must have at least a 3.6 GPA.  Be in the top 20 percent of their class to be a member of Delta Mu Delta.

 In addition to providing public recognition to business students who have distinguished themselves in their schools of business, Delta Mu Delta also annually awards scholarships and recognitions to members based on academic record and performance, demonstrated leadership and service, and character and ethical behavior.

Currently Brenau enrolls 503 undergraduates in programs with business administration and business-related majors. But by far one of the fastest-growing degree tracks is that for the Master of Business Administration degree, which had about 200 candidates in 2007 and now has 530 with expectations of breaking 600 by the end of the spring enrollments. There are also a number of students completing graduate degrees in other interdisciplinary tracks with business components, including master’s degrees in nursing administration and applied gerontology.

For additional information, contact Suzanne Erickson, associate dean and chair of the business administration department, at 770-531-3174 or serickson@brenau.edu, or Terrie D. Thamer, graduate department chair, at 770-538-4742 or tthamer@brenau.edu.

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